Amen to That!
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinal‘s Bob Wolfley wrote about a recent interview with Paul Hornung on Sirius Radio’s The Opening Drive. Hornung was running back for the Green Bay Packers 1957 – 1966 and had recently undergone hip replacement surgery at 72. Here’s the clip:
“Former Packers running back Paul Hornung has had a hip replacement and said he now needs a new knee.
The Hall of Famer said Wednesday during an interview on Sirius NFL Radio that his kinds of ailments are common among the players who competed in the National Football League during his time.
Hornung, 72, played for Green Bay from 1957-’66.
“I look back on my career, I wouldn’t trade it for the world,” Hornung told “The Opening Drive” co-hosts Randy Cross and Dan Reeves. “But we didn’t have good doctors. Our doctor was (Vince) Lombardi, quite frankly. I mean, what the hell, if the bone wasn’t sticking out of the leg he felt you were ready to play.”
Hornung said many players from his era are in need of aid.
“I see all my teammates,” Hornung said. “Willie Wood can get around but not very well and he needs help. I’ve got five guys, my teammates, who need some help from the NFL. And you know what really peeved me about Green Bay? They offered Brett Favre ($20 million) just to hang around as an ambassador and we’ve got guys who played 10 and 12 years back then who don’t have enough money to operate, for heaven’s sakes. If you’ve got that much money just to give to a guy to show up at a game and be a Good Time Charlie then, damn it, they should try to take care of the players who played 10 or 12 years and need the money very badly.””